Primary Arms (PA) is a popular online store for gun optics, and the PA 1-6×24 is their best selling magnified scope. The biggest selling point is its very affordable price of only $289. Built for the budget market, the PA 1-6×24 SFP ACSS has some noticeable reduction of resolution around the edges. At the low end, it doesn’t offer a true 1x and it has substantial fish-eye effect between 1-2x magnifications. While its red color reticle illumination is fairly bright, it’s not truly daylight visible. However, after using the PA 1-6×24 for a while, I am a big fan of its ACSS reticle design and the optical performance at the higher magnification is not bad. If you need a 1-6x scope on a budget for your rifle or carbine, the Primary Arms 1-6×24 SFP ACSS is a good option.
The PA 1-6×24 is based on the Optisan 1-6x design that has been around for a number of years. Optisan is also the OEM for a number of other brands including the Strike Eagle made by Vortex, which is basically the same optic with the Vortex reticle and lifetime warranty. The PA 1-6×24 is a bit cheaper than the Vortex Strike Eagle, and the ACSS reticle is far superior than the busy Vortex reticle. In my opinion, the Vortex was built as a cheap 3-gun scope, while the PA has more focus as a budget tactical optic with its ACSS reticle, and I feel it also makes for a better general purpose rifle scope than the Vortex Strike Eagle.
The featured Gen II version of the PA 1-6×24 SFP ACSS has now been replaced by the Gen III version, which is slightly shorter and 1/2 oz lighter. The ACSS reticle is almost the same with just using a more precise small chevron to replace the dot in the center. The price of the Gen III model remains the same at $289 but it now comes with a lifetime warranty that matches the Vortex Strike Eagle’s warranty.
The ACSS reticle from the PA 1-6×24 scope. The BDC hashmarks are good for a variety of calibers including the 5.56mm, 5.45mm, and .308. The thick horse-shoe helps with fast shooting at close range; but I would prefer it to be bigger, maybe twice the current size. The reticle illumination is in red only, and it’s fairly bright which is only usable on a cloudy day or in low light conditions, and it could be easily washed out on a desert background on a sunny day. To the right of the main reticle, there’s the height based rangefinder; and since it’s a 2nd Focal plane design, the reticle size doesn’t change through out the zoom range. The BDC and rangefinder hashmarks only work at the highest magnification.
Chris, our web editor, with his 18-inch 6.5 Grendel and the PA 1-6×24 SFP ACSS. We used his gun for testing the scope. The BDC for the .308 is close enough to use with the WPA 100 gr. steel case 6.5 Grendel that we used at out to 500 yards.
Primary Arms 1-6x24mm SFP ACSS (Gen 2) Specification:
Objective size: 24mm
Exist pupil: 10mm-4mm
FOV: 110 ft at 1x, 19.2 ft at 6x, @100 yards
Eye Relief: 4-4.5 inch
Reticle: 2nd focal plane ACSS
Tube size: 30mm
Adjustment: 1/2 MOA per click
Total Adjustment: 40 MOA
Length: 10.78 inch
Weight: 17.4 oz
Illumination: 11 level
Power: CR2032 lithium battery
The PA 1-6×24 was very popular at the Cola Warrior West III event. Here, Laura Glenn, the runner up for the high female Cola Warrior and the top female for the previous two events, is using her PA 1-6×24 SFP ACSS mounted AR-15 to engage steel targets from 100 to 500 yards. That’s a Texas-star steel target at the 100 yards.